Friday 13 July 2018  Issue No 2294

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“DAFT AS A BRUSH”

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Brian Burnie, ex-millionaire, sold all of his possessions to create the charity “Daft as a Brush” - Now he’s walking 7,000 miles around Great Britain and Ireland in the hope to take the free service nationwide!  His home for the next 2 years is a converted double-decker bus we’ve named ‘Bluebell’.

Brian has now walked 1,000 miles from Northumberland around Scotland – a massive achievement and ‘step forward’ for the 74 year old, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.   Cheryl Finlay, who has been walking part of the way with Brian and staying with him in “Bluebell” said “We have passed Ullapool in the west of Scotland, the area is absolutely stunning; the beaches, lochs and mountains are breathtaking but Brian spends more time checking his maps than taking in the scenery! His regime of 15 miles per day, 5 days a week can be punishing but we’re all so proud of him reaching this milestone, what an achievement!”

This year with a team of 300 volunteers and 30 ambulances, the charity will be involved in circa 30,000 cancer patient journeys in the north east.

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Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment to and from hospital, free of charge.

The service entails collecting and transporting the patients in a safe and comfortable environment, from where they are living and taking them to where they will be having their treatment. If required, staying with the patient whilst they have their treatment and then bringing them back home.

Brian’s dream is to create 1,000,000 journeys by opening hubs around the country expanding the service. After great meetings with Medical Professionals and MSP’s at Scottish Parliament, we’re confident Scotland will host the very first Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient ‘hub’.

You can discover more about the charity’s epic journey at www.bluebellbus.org.uk  Follow the adventure on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook: DAABBLUEBELLBUS | Twitter: @bluebellbus

 

Friday 6 July 2018  Issue No 2293

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Welcome to all those here for the annual

ULLAPOOL COASTAL ROWING CLUB REGATTA 

this weekend

 

Good Luck…..!  SWIMMING THE MINCH   Saturday 7 July

Paul Finnegan, Colin Macleod and local Ullapool man Norman Todd (pictured) will be attempting to solo swim the Big Minch Channel between the Western Isles & Mainland UK on Saturday 7 July to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Western Isles Community Care Forum and Cancer Research UK.  No-one has ever completed a solo swim across the Big Minch Channel before.
The swim route is from Lemreway (Isle of Lewis) to Rubha Reidh (Gairloch), weather permitting. It is 25 miles across - longer than the English Channel. These intrepid swimmers are hoping for a great welcome as there will be a BBQ and music at Rubha Reidh. They are happy for any boats to escort them in for the last leg.

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On Saturday 7th July, three renowned Scottish swimmers will attempt to swim the Minch from Orinsay on Lewis to Rubha Reidh near Gairloch in Wester Ross. 

Colleen Blair, 39, from Perth, Colin Macleod 46, from Stornoway and Norman Todd, Ullapool, 46 will be aiming to swim across the treacherous 25 mile stretch in 15-18 hours supported by a flotilla of boats and kayaks. Among the many challenges the three swimmers aim to overcome are fatigue, dehydration, lions mane jellyfish, strong tides and the possibility of Orca appearing alongside. 

There has been multiple attempts to swim the Minch but none have yet succeeded. The most recent attempt was on Monday night when South African swimmer, Phia Steyn who is coached by Robert Hamilton of Vigour Events, had to abandon her swim after four hours due to multiple jellyfish stings which hospitalised her. 

Offshore worker Todd, whose ice swimming video went globally viral this year is a relative newcomer to long distance swimming.

'I am a middle lane swimmer and certainly not the fastest however I have been training for this for 9 months and it will be the biggest challenge of my life.' 

Highlander Todd has swum alongside Hebridean Macleod on several occasions previously creating a strong partnership. Macleod, who has already swam the 17 mile Little Minch this year, aims to add the Minch to his already impressive swimming resume.

' Swimming the Minch has been has been on my bucket list for years and I am well prepared to take on this epic task' 

Unlike her two fellow swimmers who will be wearing wetsuits, Colleen Blair will only be wearing a swimsuit in accordance to the British Long Distance Swimming Association's rules. Colleen is regarded as one of Scotland's top long distance swimmer. She swam the English Channel at the age of 20 and has gone on to be one a select few to have swum the Northern Channel and the first to cross the Pentland Firth. If she completes this then it will be regarded as the greatest ever accomplishment in Scottish open water swimming history. 

' The Minch swim was suggested to me 20 years ago by a college friend who was from Lewis, the idea has intrigued me ever since. I started to plan this swim 3 years ago but for various reasons, including the weather, the opportunity has not risen until now. When the guys offered me the opportunity to swim with them I couldn't refuse, it's also in aid of great charities. It's a long cold swim which has never been done as a solo swim before so why wouldn't you give it a go.

To view: Norman Todd's ice swim...  https://youtu.be/-6MbkUAMLGw

**STOP PRESS**

As the UN went to press, we’re pleased to announce the wraps were coming off the first acts for this year’s Loopallu.

Expecting blistering shows from long term favourites ALABAMA 3, plus a whole raft of first time visitors to the village including THE BLUETONES, BAD MANNERS, JOHN COOPER CLARKE, BRITISH SEA POWER, ASTRID and something very new and special from MARK RADCLIFFE. In conjunction with Ullapool Book Festival, Literally Literary at Loopallu welcomes VAL McDERMID. Many more acts will be announced in due course.

Tickets are on sale now from The Arch Inn or at www.loopallu.co.uk

 

Friday 29 June 2018  Issue No 2292

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Crown Estate Scotland has opened up coastline, seabed and rural estates for local management under a new scheme launched recently

The Local Pilots Scheme enables community bodies and local authorities to take on land and property to test new and innovative ways of sustainable development. Scottish Crown Estate assets include seabed, just under half of Scotland’s foreshore and 37,000 ha of rural land across four estates. These are home to moorings, pontoons, fish farms, agricultural farms and much more.

The scheme is an opportunity for organisations around Scotland, whether a small development trust or a local authority, to develop project proposals designed to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their local area using eligible Scottish Crown Estate assets.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP said: “This pilot scheme paves the way for local authorities and local communities to actively manage land, coastline or seabed in a way that directly benefits communities, but also Scotland as a whole by, for example, promoting sustainable development.

“Crown Estate Scotland has a wealth of expertise to share with local authorities and communities, and I look forward to seeing organisations develop and shape their proposed projects. Small changes at a local level can have a big impact on a community – this scheme creates some really exciting opportunities.”

Projects that enhance economic, social, environmental and well-being outcomes are welcome, and the type of agreement and project can vary according to what suits the applicant and the type of asset it relates to.

Crown Estate Scotland Chief Executive, Simon Hodge, said: “Connections to the land and the sea run deep in Scotland, and we really want to involve local people in managing Scottish Crown Estate assets. We’ve designed this scheme, with valuable input from a wide range of organisations. It provides a great opportunity for communities and local authorities who have ideas about how they can use Scottish Crown Estate to enhance sustainable development.

"We’re really keen to hear of innovative proposals that have the support of local people and existing tenants. If you have an idea, please come and speak to us.

“Whatever the project, our staff will work with applicants, helping them to develop their plans. We see this scheme as a collaboration – not just between ourselves and the applicant – but also involving other interest groups who can contribute to the project’s success and potentially widen the benefits.”

Successful applicants who go on to develop their proposed project may receive appropriate remuneration which will cover their expenses, and can, with agreement from Crown Estate Scotland, reinvest capital raised within the project. The balance of the revenue will be paid to Crown Estate Scotland which, in turn, is given to the Scottish Government to contribute to public spending. Projects must maintain and enhance the capital value of the estate and the interests of existing tenants and other users of the estate must be protected.

The Stage One Application process is open until August 16 2018.   Crown Estate Scotland encourages any interested group to get in touch and discuss details of their plans. Once applications are in, they will be assessed for eligibility. Viable projects will then progress to Stage Two application when applicants will develop and submit their business plans to meet the criteria. Again, an assessment phase will follow. Scottish Ministers will approve the final selected projects.

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Land ownership

New register will improve transparency

The first steps are being taken to create a public register of people who ultimately make decisions about how land is used and managed. The Scottish Government is publishing proposals that will, if agreed, reveal for the first time the controlling interests of land owned by trusts and overseas companies. The register will be held by Registers of Scotland and will be free to the public.

Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The proposals in these draft regulations can greatly improve the transparency about who is making decisions about Scotland’s land. This creates the potential for people and communities to be able to directly engage with those parties, which we believe will lead to better decisions about how Scotland’s land is used, ensuring that everyone can benefit from it”.

 

Friday 22 June 2018  Issue No 2291

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The Iron Age Continues at Clachtoll Broch                

Archaeologists and local history enthusiasts will be looking for more evidence of Iron Age life at the broch at Clachtoll, in Assynt, Sutherland, in the first two weeks of July 2018. Substantial excavation and conservation work during 2017, organised by Historic Assynt, uncovered a unique collection of finds from the previously undisturbed floor of the broch. Archaeologists will now complete the conservation and consolidation of the monument and explore into some so-far untouched parts of the building, including a chamber between the walls. The dig will be open to the public, with volunteers welcome, and experimental archaeology activities will explore how local materials, including clay, wood, leather and wool, were used by the Iron Age broch inhabitants and plans are afoot to culminate with an Iron Age feast.

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Gordon Sleight, Chairman of Historic Assynt, said, ‘This phase of the broch project will involve a wide range of interactive activities and we hope lots of people will come along and get involved in the dig or try out making an iron age style object using materials still readily available. We have found lots of pottery, evidence of textile work and of course food, and we hope to make some replicas of the finds. This experimental work will be a lot of fun but it also has a serious purpose, for example, we will be using stone and hazel to build an almost full-scale model of a section of the broch in order to understand how the broch’s interior floors and ceilings might have been made.’

Events will kick off with a presentation by the archaeologists at 7.30pm on Friday 22 June 2018 in Stoer Hall, summarising the results so far of research into the archaeological finds.

The hazel flooring experiment will run alongside the excavation, which will be from Monday 2 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. On Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 June there will be pottery workshops with local potters Fergus Stewart and Marc Campbell, using local clay, from 3.30 to 6pm (meet at Clachtoll car park). The pottery will be fired in an open pit kiln on Monday 2 July.  Wool work will be on Thursday 5 July with leather work likely to be on Thursday 12 July. The feast is likely to be on Saturday 14 July 2018. There will also be guided walks and foraging events. Full details will be on local posters and the broch website: clachtoll.aocarchaeology.com

Last year’s excavation removed hundreds of tonnes of rubble from inside the building and produced a unique assemblage of objects including the largest collection of lamps ever found from at such a site in Britain. Because the building collapsed due to a fire sometime after 150BC, everything under the rubble had been untouched since the Iron Age. The broch would have stood up to 14 metres (40 feet) high, with a double-walled cooling-tower shape, with chambers between the inner and outer circular walls. The people who built it were part of a sophisticated maritime culture stretching up to the Northern Isles and out to the Hebrides at a time prior to the Roman conquest of southern Britain.

The archaeology project is organised by Historic Assynt, a local community organisation. With the assistance of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Historic Assynt raised around £500,000 to enable the excavation and conservation work to go ahead. The project is part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership of which the Scottish Wildlife Trust is the lead partner. Funding has been provided thanks to players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, SSE's Sustainable Development Fund, The Pilgrim Trust, Robert Kiln Trust and individual donors.

Visitors are welcome to the dig at any time between 2pm and 5pm on Monday 2 July and from 9am and 5pm all other days (except Sunday) up to 14 July.

For more information, contact:

Gordon Sleight, Phone: 01571 855207 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or see the website at http://clachtoll.aocarchaeology.com

or the Historic Assynt Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/historicassynt/

 

Friday 15 June 2018  Issue No 2290

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TWO MAN LACEY DRAG RACEY

Starts Saturday 16th June

Local duo raising money for Multiple Sclerosis

Two friends are embarking this weekend on a charity cycle from Land’s End to John ‘o’ Groats but plan to forgo their sensible cycling attire and will be making the trip wearing frocks, dresses and blouses.   Elijah Forsyth [20] and Isaac Lawton [20], both from Ullapool, have been close friends since school, and intend setting off on the demanding 1000-mile journey, dubbed the ‘Two Man Lacey Drag Racey’, on Saturday 16th June to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. Both will be riding second hand Boardman Comp CX hybrid bikes that they recently purchased on line, and hope to make the trip in around twelve days.

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Eli, a product design student at Dundee University said, “On a recent training run from Dundee to Ullapool on our old bikes, we were fraught with bad weather and mechanical failure. My seat bolt sheared, and I ended up on my back in a puddle.”   Isaac, who hopes to be accepted on a welding course in Invergordon this autumn said, “On reaching Inverness, the journey was thwarted, due to my rear gear cassette spectacularly disintegrating. It was a valuable lesson though, that it’s not just a case of getting on a bike and pedalling.”

The pair endeavour to make the gruelling journey without a support vehicle, so will be carrying everything they need, and intend procuring replacement lacy outfits from charity shops en route. “It’s all just a bit of fun,” said Isaac, “so not so much of a race.”. “At least not till we get near the end!” Eli competitively quipped. “There is of course a serious side to this in that we intend to raise as much money as possible for Multiple Sclerosis research. It is a cruel condition that, for some reason, is particularly prevalent in the Highlands. We both know people who are affected. Recent announcements about stem cell treatments are promising, but potential breakthroughs like this would not have been developed without charitable funding.”  

Isaac added, “All donations are welcome and will be hugely appreciated. We’re not quite sure what we are letting ourselves in for, but hopefully our training will have paid off and it will certainly be an adventure”

Donations can be made through Facebook and ‘Just Giving’ crowd funding page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eliforsyth. There will be frequent updates throughout the journey highlighting our progress on the trip.   Contacts: Elijah Weightman: 01854 612380. Mobile: 07511 204763; Isaac Lawton: 07456 501488 Link: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eliforsyth

 

NEW BROOM CLEAN SWEEP

UCT have applied for funding from the Calor Gas Rural Community Fund. If successful this will provide the funding to upgrade the facilities in your community charity shop, such that we can sort, wash and store donations more readily and have a quiet office space and distinct Hub area.

We need your votes to be able to qualify for this support. You will find all the instructions for registering and voting on the Calor Gas website. Once registered you will have 10 votes to use as you wish. There are two local projects looking for your support, our own New Broom and Isle Martin Trust.
(also see notices on page 18)
Please take a look and give them your votes. 

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ULLAPOOL SWIM CLUB 'WILD SWIM'

Monday 4th June, Ardmair Beach.

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Last Monday night, 30 brave and budding 'adventure swimmers' took the plunge out at Ardmair beach. It was a great evening and a first for Ullapool Swim Club.

We were joined by local 'open water swimming enthusiast' Norman Todd, who gave a talk on his upcoming 'Minch Swim' in July. He also gave us an insight into his training, as well as tips in dealing with the cold water elements, (eat lots of cake!!) which sounded very appealing to us all!  Noel Hawkins from 'Scottish Wildlife Trust' kindly came along too. He offered wet-suits, as well as some cool water based gadgets, to have a go at spotting some underwater wildlife. This was really great!

We had constructed a course of approx 200m in length. This ran adjacent to the shoreline and was designed to be a 'brief introduction swim', however the kids were refusing to come out by the end! Eventually the lure of hot chocolate and snacks prevailed. 

Therefore on behalf of Ullapool Swim Club, a number of "BIG THANK YOUS'!!" for an amazing evening:

  • Norman and Noel for sharing their knowledge of the sea. This was hugely inspiring to all our swimmers.
  • The Safety Team: Em Planterose and John Macintyre, on-board 'Awk' - Isle Martin Trust. Lochbroom Leisure Centre staff of William Godding, India Poe, Mhairi Crook and Erin Meek for being on-shore spotters/rescuers. Robbie Fraser and Struan Reeve for kayak support. 
  • Steven and Nanette Gourlay, who courteously provided some amazing footage with their drone 'spider cam' whizzing overhead.  
  • Ardmair Point Campsite and the Ceilidh Place, for hot chocolate provisions and snacks.
  • The Ullapool schools and Christine Crook for the use of the Mini Bus, to and from Ardmair.
  • Our NEW Club sponsor, 'Ullapool Smokehouse', for contributing towards our brand new swim caps!
  • The Ullapool Swim Club Committee and Coaches, for making the event happen.

 

Friday 8 June 2018  Issue No 2289

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Ullapool's PROCESSIONS banner heads to Edinburgh

Women from Ullapool will travel to Edinburgh this weekend to take part in a huge public artwork celebrating 100 years of votes for women and reveal a banner they have made reflecting the story of female life in the highlands.  

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Among those travelling to the once-in-a-lifetime event is local farmer Lucy Beattie and her daughter Brenna who is represented on the banner as a girl wearing a rugby shirt. The girl's shirt is made from the actual rugby shirt donated by SNP Minister Maree Todd who played in last season's Parliamentary Six Nations.

The banner has been created by a group of women from different backgrounds in the local area at An Talla Solais in Ullapool during workshops led by artist and storyteller Lizzie McDougall. Its one of 100 banners which have been created across the UK as part of 'Processions'. 

This Sunday, women and girls in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London will walk through the cities displaying the banners and wearing green, white and violet - the colours of the suffrage movement. Organisers say they will form 'a flowing river of colour' and a living portrait of women in the 21st Century. 

The Ullapool banner features many elements of life chosen by local women to represent their history and future in the Highlands including fishing, farming, music and the local mountains. Brenna, 8, suggested early on that a girl was included wearing a sports top and the idea coincided literally with Maree's kind and symbolic donation of her rugby shirt. 

Maree, who grew up in Ullapool and is now Minister for Childcare and Early Years, said: “I play in the parliamentary team, the first woman to do so and still the only female MSP involved. Parliamentary rugby was started by Nelson Mandela, who saw the opportunity to bring very different people together through sport. We play in an international six nations against other parliaments and I am proud to have ensured that women have the opportunity to be involved too. I’m delighted that wee bit of history has been stitched into our banner."

Maree, Lucy and Brenna will join Lizzie McDougall and some of the workshop team at the event this Sunday which will reveal nearly 20 banners which have been made by groups and organisations across Scotland. The historic event is a positive celebration of equality and the women and men who campaigned for universal suffrage. 

“When I consider the different opportunities I have had compared to those women who came before me, the progress we have made is incredible. My granny from Lewis followed the herring. It was a tough life but her only other career option was to go into service so she was proud to be a herring girl. In contrast, I went to university and serve in Government," said Maree. 

She added: "I’m going to be there, along with my mum and my two daughters and thousands of sisters from around Scotland. I can’t wait to gather to celebrate how much we have achieved, as well as recognise how far there is still to go." 

Victoria Caine, who has headed the project for An Talla Solais, said: "Naturally, we are incredibly proud to have been chosen to represent our area of the Highlands for this historic artwork event. Community is everything here and one of the best elements of the workshops was bringing together women who might not have had a connection until now and watching them form a group. Being with them was an absolute joy and I loved their company and stories."  

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Friday 1 June 2018  Issue No 2288 

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ULLAPOOL NAMED ONE OF SCOTLAND'S

20 MOST CHARMING TOWNS IN WEBSITE SURVEY

 Ullapool has been voted among the most charming towns in Scotland in a survey by TravelMag.com. The online travel magazine invited over 300 travel writers, photographers and selected professionals to name the three towns in Scotland they consider the most appealing.

Towns of all sizes were considered for the survey, only excluding Scotland's seven major cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. The results were then collated in order to determine the top 20 most charming towns according to the number of votes received.

Located in Scotland’s Central Lowlands, Falkirk is the largest town to make the top 20. Home to some of the country’s most outstanding attractions, including The Kelpies, The Helix, The Falkirk Wheel, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, and The John Muir Way, its appearance on the list will come as little surprise to many.

Nestled in the western Scottish Highlands on the shores of Loch Linnhe, the town of Fort William also boasts some of the nation’s finest natural landmarks. Known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, visitors also flock here to explore such delights as the Glen Nevis valley and Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

Meanwhile other Highlands destinations to make the top 20 include the popular port town of Ullapool and the delightful settlement of Plockton on the shores of Loch Carron.

Another region with strong representation in the top 20 is the Hebrides archipelago off Scotland’s west coast. Featuring in the list are Tobermory, capital of the Isle of Mull, and Portree, the largest town on Skye, both in the Inner Hebrides, while the Outer Hebrides is represented by the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

Among the other inclusions in the top 20 are the small town of Anstruther in Fife, the Dundee suburb of Broughty Ferry, and the market town of Crieff in Perth and Kinross. Check the full list of the Top 20 towns in Scotland at: https://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-towns-scotland/

 Apologies for the missing front pages,

this was due to a change in staffing.

 

Friday 9 March Issue Number 2276
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THE MEN OF LOCHBROOM THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN OF LOCHBROOM - PROJECT RECEIVES BIG LOTTERY FUNDING

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Ullapool High School has received £15,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, the Men of Lochbroom through the eyes of the children of Lochbroom in Ullapool. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on remembering the men from the Lochbroom area that left to fight in World War One.   The project is based on a book written just after the war by the widow of one of our local soldiers entitled ‘The Men of Lochbroom’, which commemorates the men from Lochbroom who did not return from the war.   Although this project has many parts the final outcome is to produce another book in memory of these men as a number of additional soldiers have been identified as lost in action since the original book was made. We will also be producing a film of the journey that the students took in creating this book.   In order to research the soldiers who died the students will be visiting museums, talking to relatives of those who died, and working closely with experts.   As part of the project we will be building a replica world War One battlefield full-size. This is so that students can experience what life is like as a soldier, also so that the wider community can engage with what life was like in the trenches. We will also be holding a community day at the battlefield where people will be invited to explore the battlefield itself, followed by a community football match to re-enact the Christmas Day truce football game. This will be the High School students versus the men’s team from Lochbroom area. We hope that this day will be very enjoyable for all involved.   As part of the legacy of this project we will also be building a permanent memorial to The Men of Lochbroom which will be located in the village. This memorial will be created by the community and relatives of the men who died. There will also be other opportunities throughout the project for the community to get involved both helping and learning new skills through workshops in willow fence making and ceramics.   As well as receiving Lottery funding we have also secured funding from Historic Environment Scotland for the project.   Also being a small supportive community we have had significant donations both financially and materially from a number of local businesses including; Ullapool Harbour Trust, Dundonnell Estate, Leckmelm Estate, Jewson’s, Fettes sawmill, and Safe Access.  

The overreaching aim of the project is to prevent WW1 being essentially forgotten and relegated to pages within a textbook. The true legacy of this project will be that young people for many years to come understand the implications within a community, of a world at war and continue to talk about WW1 with their children, the next generation.

Please follow our Facebook page – The Men of Lochbroom Through the eyes of the Children of Lochbroom to receive regular updates on the project as well as details of events and workshops.   We hope everyone will get involved and make the most of an excellent opportunity.

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SNOW SWIM MADNESS IN ULLAPOOL!!

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Lochbroom Leisure staff decided to make the most of the heavy snow and have some fun with a snow swim on Saturday 3rd March. It all started as an idea for a bit of a laugh after the Beast from the East swept across the country with over 18 inches of snow falling in Ullapool spiralled into a fundraiser that was put together at very short notice by the staff who thought they could raise £200 for their local swimming pool.

There was a great crowd that came to watch this mad event which took place on the leisure centre grounds. The participants who took the plunge in -4 temperatures were Ciara Macpherson, Tom Grant, William Godding and Matthew Haughey. The staff said it was cold at first when they first jumped in, “However after hearing the spectators laughing and cheering us on it spurred us on to the finish. We were totally buzzing after and went straight for a sauna for a warm up.“

The money that has been raised so far has exceeded their expectations and is sitting at just under £2,000. With over 340,000 views and 5500 shares on social media, the staff are overwhelmed with the video’s success.

A big thank you to Steven Gourlay, Norman Todd, Noel Hawkins and Ruairidh Maclean for the videos, photos and input on the day.

Well done to all!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ullaspool

 

 

Friday 2 March 2018   Issue No 2275

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Coigach Community

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Coigach Community CIC's bond offer is now open!  

If you would like further information please go to  www.triodoscrowdfunding.co.uk/invest/coigach-community  for all the details of how to invest.  

The offer will be promoted widely in two weeks' time, but in the meantime you have a head start!   Of course you can invest at any time up until the offer closes on 30th April subject to availability. The bond offer document is available immediately online at www.triodoscrowdfunding.co.uk/invest/coigach-community and there will be printed copies available soon.

If you require a printed copy please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone Julia Campbell 01854 622 379 or pick one up at Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie Stores or The New Broom in Ullapool.

You should ensure you read the Offer Document in full, including the section on key risks, before deciding whether to invest in the bonds. Investing in the bonds is not the same as depositing money in a bank account as your capital is at risk and you may not get back the full amount that you invested. An investment in the bonds is not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

This financial promotion has been issued and approved by the UK division of Triodos Bank NV (incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands with limited liability, registered in England and Wales with branch number BR3012). Authorised by the Dutch Central Bank and subject to limited regulation in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.

Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request. Registered office: Triodos Bank NV, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS.

NEW MINISTER FOR HIGHLAND CHURCH

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A woman who helped hardened gang members in California turn their lives around has been ordained as the minister of a Highland church.

Rev Heidi Hercus was inducted into Lochbroom and Ullapool Church on Saturday (Feb 24) - a move that ends a seven-year vacancy.

The 43-year, who grew up in the US state of New York but has had a love affair with Scotland for nearly 30-years, said it was a dream come true.

Mrs Hercus’s late father, Rev Willis Jones, was a church leader and she said ministry has been in her “blood and bones since the day I was born”.

She first came to Scotland in 1989 when her father did a pulpit supply in Nairn and she finished her schooling at Nairn Academy.

For the next 25 years, she flitted back and forth between the USA and Scotland, where her parents settled, and eventually went to Highland Theological College in Dingwall, where she graduated with a BA in Theology in 2016.

Mrs Hercus, who is married to Tony with whom she has a six-year-old son, Jack, said: “The idea of having my own charge fills me with joy, hope, nervousness and excitement.

“I have been a volunteer co-ordinator on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands in the 1990s after a hurricane that strongly influenced my desire to reach out and help others wherever I can.  I worked in a gang community in Hawaiian Gardens in Los Angeles County for nearly two years where I learned there that even the hardest of hearts and hardened criminals can be transformed and changed forever by the power and love of Jesus Christ.  I knew for some time, that as a minister, I could share God's love, and reach out but this huge responsibility and privilege filled me with fear and doubt for far too long.  I ran away from becoming a full-fledged minister because I just didn't know if I was up for the challenge.”

But Mrs Hercus said God’s timing was perfect and she knew she was exactly where she was supposed to be.  I have felt something special about Ullapool for some time now, I did some locum work there in 2015,” she added.  “I hope to be a minister that is accessible, supportive, patient, has a sense of humour but most of all who shows God's grace and love to all.  I know I won't get it all right all the time but I believe God has great things in store for Ullapool, where we will live, and I am feeling a wonderful new chapter is about to begin for all of us.”

Mrs Hercus, who spent her probation year at Crown Church in Inverness, said her long term goal was to grow the church community in Ullapool and Lochbroom so more people grow to know God.

“Initially I hope to engage with the congregation, parish and community,” she added.  I plan on spending a lot of time visiting the parish, hearing peoples stories and learning about people’s passions, skills and gifts.  Building and fostering relationship first, is my goal.  Then I have many ideas like Messy Church and Friendship Clubs for the elderly, a drop in centre for teens, perhaps a community lunch for all ages once a month and a holiday club for children in the summer.

“Ullapool Church is a small church but it is a faithful church filled with infinite potential and I hope to see it really flourish and grow.  I would love for the church to become a real hub of the community, where all who enter through those doors whether two years old or one hundred and two know they are loved and valued and belong.“

Mrs Hercus has carried out placements at Highland churches including Rosskeen, Alness and Conon Bridge and has been involved in chaplaincy at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

She has been a youth worker for three Church of Scotland Churches in Troon and Dundonald.

Rev Susan Cord, Interim Moderator of Lochbroom and Ullapool Church, said: “Villagers are really excited and thrilled to be welcoming Heidi and her family to Ullapool.  The congregation are buzzing with the prospect of working with their new minister.”

 

 

Friday 23 February 2018  Issue No 2274

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LETTERS

Dear Eds,

Copies of my emails to Bear Scotland & their replies    

Sent: Saturday 3 February 2018 14:22

To: Enquiries

Subject: POTHOLES A835

I would like to report dangerous potholes on the A835 road from Ullapool to Inverness. The worst stretch of road runs alongside Loch Glascarnoch. 

On Tuesday 30th January I was travelling back to Ullapool late in the evening after a visit to Raigmore Hospital, with my heavily pregnant daughter, the weather was very wet and windy and we were travelling slowly around 40 miles per hour. Along the side of Loch Glascarnoch we hit a very deep pothole and immediately realised the car was damaged as it began to rattle from the back. In the rain it was impossible to see the extent of the pothole as it was full of water, we had to travel very slowly along the road, through more potholes before I found a safe place to stop. Luckily another motorist was kind enough to stop and help us, travelling slowly back to Ullapool behind us to make sure we arrived safely. The garage confirmed the following day that the rear shock absorber was broken and I had to have this replaced as a matter of urgency so my car would be roadworthy when my daughter needs to attend the hospital.

I feel very strongly that the road surface had deteriorated greatly in the last few months and is becoming a danger to drivers particularly in the dark. This road is vital to local communities and as part of the NORTH COAST 500 route will be increasingly busy as the year goes on. Everyone I told about my experience agreed that they also have had to weave about the road to avoid potholes and have felt in danger of damaging their cars or potentially causing an accident trying to avoid areas where there is poor road surface.

I would be grateful for details of how to reclaim the cost of repairing the damage to my car and reassurance that this matter will be assessed and resolved as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely, Ailsa Strange

From: Enquiries     Sent: Saturday 3 February 14:40

Subject: RE: POTHOLES A835

Thank you for your enquiry below, a third party claim pack will be arranged for you in the coming days, for any future enquiries relating to the claim please direct them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind Regards

Incident Liaison Officer | BEAR Scotland Ltd

To: Enquiries   Subject: RE: POTHOLES A835

Thank you for your response,  I would however like to make it clear that rather than the cost of repairs to my car being my main concern, it is the repair to the road surface that I am most concerned about.  When I said I hoped the matter would be assessed and resolved I was referring to the road. I want to be able to drive safely to Inverness.

Yours sincerely, Ailsa Strange

Good Evening Mrs Strange  

Thank you for your email below, as it’s the weekend I unfortunately won’t be able to provide you with a definitive response, but I will send an email to the relevant teams who will be able to provide a response for you early next week. Hope this helps with your enquiry for the moment.

Kind Regards,

Incident Liaison Officer | BEAR Scotland Ltd

Sent: Thursday 15 February

I am disappointed to have had no further contact from you since my initial email on Saturday 3rd February. The weather continues to be terrible and from all accounts the road continues to concern all who use it. I can only hope that plans are underway to make repairs but have had no reassurance to this effect.

Yours sincerely, Ailsa Strange

From: Doreen Cockbill

Sent: Monday 19 February 11:55

Subject: POTHOLES A835

Dear Mrs Strange,

We are sorry to hear you had an unpleasant journey home on 30 January.   Unfortunately, the recent prolonged period of difficult winter weather conditions – cold / snow / rapid thaw under rising daytime temperatures, accompanied by heavy rainfall with low temperatures overnight – has been such that accelerated deterioration of the road surface has occurred at localised sections across the trunk road network.  

We have now started a rolling programme of urgent resurfacing works across the network and the A835 at Loch Glascarnoch is programmed for delivery in Spring 2018.  This section and any areas out with these planned works will continue to be regularly inspected and localised repairs will be undertaken as required.   In addition to the above, BEAR Scotland has a contractual obligation to inspect the trunk road network, including the A835, at 7-day intervals. These inspections are primarily to identify defects that require prompt attention (Category 1 defects) because they present, or could present, an immediate hazard to road users. For road surface Category 1 defects, the operating companies are required to carry out temporary repairs by 6am the following morning and permanent repairs within 28 days.   Lesser defects and general deterioration which do not necessitate such an immediate safety-led response are then considered with findings from our annual testing of the network to determine future maintenance schemes. These schemes may include localised patching repairs or larger structural maintenance schemes, which are then programmed and considered against competing priorities across the trunk road network.   We have arranged for a claim form to be sent out to you for completion.   We hope this is helpful.  

Regards, Doreen Cockbill

Correspondence Officer I BEAR Scotland I North West Unit

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Friday 16 February 2018  Issue No 2273

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Black Belt

Congratulations to the two students from Cameron’s School of Martial Arts who successfully graded to 1st Dan in Kempo Ju Jitsu in Maryburgh Amenities Centre on Saturday the 27th January 2018.   Ross Barnes-Miller who trains in our Scourie Dojo and Sarah Robbins who trains in both Scourie and Ullapool Dojos were put through a four hour grading to demonstrate the skills they have learned and the dedication they have shown over approximately five years of training.

Thanks also go to the Grading Panel and the other students for assisting on the day and for the support from the families over the years. Cameron’s School of Martial Arts has classes in Scourie, Gairloch, Maryburgh and Ullapool. For further details find us on Facebook or phone Ali Cameron on 07810000946.

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Harbour News 23 January – 13 February 2018

27 arrivals for the period

Whitefish totalled 2,000 boxes from two Scottish trawl landings and three Anglo-Spanish liners. The Banff-registered Endeavour IV and the Venture III, both owned and run by the Lovie family from Whitehills, landed shots of monkfish, ling and cod from the Shelf Edge. The majority of the Anglo-Spanish fleet continue to work further north landing hake and ling into Lochinver or Scrabster as is the pattern at this time of year.

Shellfish landings were also fairly quiet with ten landings from visiting trawlers combined with the efforts of the local fleet. The offshore crabber Our Hazel continues to land weekly; catches are exported live to the Chinese market.

Non-fishing activities were restricted to fish-farm support vessels with the tug Tie Venture and the landing craft Arromanches day running to the Summer Isles.

Harbour projects are starting to gather some pace. Highland Council has agreed to sell the Wee Jetty to the harbour and legal formalities should be concluded in the next four weeks. Now that the technical details have finally been agreed, work is scheduled to start on the refurbishment next week. The project has attracted funding from HIE and EMFF and the shortfall will be covered by Ullapool Harbour Trust. The work site will be fenced off from next week and the site will be monitored by CCTV. We apologise for any inconvenience that the restricted access will cause but hopefully the end result will be worth waiting for.

Separately, following months of discussion, Highland Council has agreed to lease the ground floor of the public toilet building to the harbour. The plan is to convert the space into a designated Changing Place accessible toilet and a separate workshop for community use. The Changing Place element of the project has attracted significant funding from Transport Scotland and Ullapool Harbour Trust will cover costs relating to development of the community workshop. The contract is currently out to tender and the project awaits a planning decision but all being well works will start early next month.

 

 

Friday 9 February 2018  Issue No 2272

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SEWING MACHINES FOR THE ROHINGA PEOPLE IN BANGLADESH

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Thanks to everyone involved in donating well-loved hand sewing machines, cottons, spools and material for this project.

Thanks also to those behind the scenes who made keys and mended boxes.

 

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SOS hosted us last Tuesday and we had a very busy morning cleaning, polishing and trying out the machines.

I suspect some people were surprised how well they remembered how to thread up a machine.

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Thanks to John Lavelle for providing postcards of Ullapool so we could send messages of goodwill to the Rohinga people in the camp and to Julie and Ian for help with technology and moving the machines.

Russell arrived just at the right time from Elphin to give the machine owned by Bridie's mother and to take some lovely photographs which will also be sent.

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John Menzies has offered to transport the machines to Newcastle and the Bangladeshi group there will arrange their onward transport.

I have enjoyed being part of this project, working with Gill Wilson from New Broom and have witnessed, once again, the enthusiasm and generosity of the different groups of Ullapool working together. 

Thank you. Jill Beavitt

Pics courtesy Russell Pursey

 

History of the Fire Service in Coigach

Prior to 1973 there was no fire cover locally in Coigach. There were a few chimney fires and the availability of fit and young labour working at the Salmon Fishings had resulted in the boys helping out at the odd chimney fire. The traditional way to put it out was to stuff a wet bag into the bottom of the chimney and thus deprive the fire in the flue of oxygen and hopefully it would go out.

In the autumn of 1971 a serious house fire occurred at Blairbuie involving the extension at the east end of the main building. I took a portable pump that we had for net cleaning and went down to Blairbuie. The end building was well alight and our little pump was obviously of little use. I asked if anyone had called out the Fire Brigade and it was suggested as they were in Ullapool it was too far for them to come. I went into the house phoned the Ullapool Exchange which was also the emergency number in those days and asked for the Fire Brigade. About an hour later the appliance arrived with Leading Fireman T Rae (Totty) in charge. And after some fairly hard work the fire was out just in time as the flames were just beginning to get into the roof space of the main house.

Around the time of this incident the R&C County Council was putting a water main in Coigach and I had been in contact with then Northern Area Fire Brigade (NAFB) about a year before the Blairbuie fire asking about the provision of fire hydrants and asking if they would give or lend us a portable pump and some hose that we might use if we were asked to help at one of these fore mentioned chimney fires. Following the Blairbuie fire, support from councillors must have been successful and some months later I received a letter from the Fire Board along the lines of ; They would be establishing a Volunteer Fire Unit in Achiltibuie in 1973 and a Senior Officer would meet with the locals and set up a simple first aid fire fighting unit, providing a crew could be found in the parish.

The meeting took place on the 31 January 1973 and the Unit was officially set up on the 1 February 1973 with 11 local folk coming forward to provide the Crew.

Alastair Armitstead, Robert Irvine, Calum Macdonald, Hector Mackenzie, Donnie Mackenzie, Gilles Maclennan, Jim Muir, Boysie Sinclair, Rob Tweddle, Ali Macleod, & Lyon White.

On the 1 February the Unit went live or in FB parlance went on the run and after a democratic vote I was put in charge as what was then called a Leading Fireman. Some 8 years later the officers in charge of the 90 Volunteer Stations in the Brigade were all promoted to Sub Officer and a Leading Fireman appointed as their deputy. That job went to Jim Muir.

No females in the Brigades in those days apart from Control Room staff and civilian admin staff.  Our Pay Rate in 1973 was 70p per hour and training was two 2 hour sessions a year.

Some 40 years later it is worth noting that Donnie Mackenzie’s son Donnie is one of the Crew Managers of the current crew, while Ali Macleod is the other. Ali is the last of the original members still involved but has not served continuously having left the original crew to go to sea in the Merchant Navy and rejoined the FB in May 1981 when he came home. I retired in February 2003 with 30 years service and Stuart Edwards was promoted from Leading Fireman to Sub Officer in charge on that date. He still runs the Station but under the new system of Roles rather than rank is a Watch Manager.

There are nearly 50 names on the roll of those who have served the parish over the years that is displayed in the Station.

The first “Station” was a small wooden shed with hoses and a pump and some other items which was located to the East of the Summer Isles Hotel. In 1978 this was moved to the rear of the Roads Depot then in 1984 when we were one of the first three volunteer stations upgraded to a “mobile unit status” moving to a Wooden Garage in Polbain where we kept our first proper fire appliance,  properly called an Ultra Light Fire Appliance.

This Ford Van attended over 100 call outs while in service with us before it too was replaced and we moved again. This time into the Roads Depot in 1997 where we housed various larger vans classed as Light Fire Appliances until we were one of the fortunate stations to be upgraded again.

The next move in August 2002 was into the current station, a purpose built facility where a succession of machines have been kept with the current appliance, a full size Water Tender Ladder. Its proper title indicating it carries both water and a large extending ladder.

Over the years the Brigade has had various titles:

From 1973 to 1975 Northern Area Fire Brigade, 1975 to 1983 Northern Fire Brigade, 1983 to 2005 Highland and Islands Fire Brigade, 2005 to 2013 Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.  The Scottish Government changes in 2013  resulted in one Brigade for the whole of Scotland to be called the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Academic NOTE!! It was Highland in the singular from 1983/2005 then plural for the next 8 years. None of us know why it was so. But you were forcibly reminded and corrected when the title was in the singular if you inadvertently called it “Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade”!

Diana Wilding was the very first female fire fighter in the Achiltibuie Crew joining in April 2001 but has now retired. Currently the Achiltibuie Crew has no female members but I know Stuart Edwards will welcome recruits of either gender, and the Station needs to keep up its numbers to maintain the viability of the Achiltibuie Crew.

Currently across virtually the whole of the Highlands stations are struggling to stay open due to shortage of folk coming forward to join. The centralised Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has no mercy or sympathy or sentimentality if a community cannot provide enough recruits to maintain crew numbers.  The SFRS will close stations which saves them money and SFRS will stand back and blame the community for not putting forward recruits.

Hopefully in another five years we will be marking a half century of fire cover in Coigach.

A Armitstead.

 

 

Friday 2 February 2018  Issue No 2271

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‘The Day a Mountain Changed My Life’

New monthly outdoors writing competition launched by John Muir Trust, Trail magazine and Mountain Equipment 

A new writing competition is asking lovers of the outdoors to submit entries based on the theme ‘The Day a Mountain Changed My Life’.   The monthly competition is a partnership between the John Muir Trust – which looks after some of Britain’s most famous mountains including Ben Nevis, Bla Bheinn and Helvellyn –outdoor mountain gear company Mountain Equipment and Trail Magazine.

Each month for the rest of this year, a winning entry will be published in Trail magazine. The winner will also receive a year’s membership of the John Muir Trust and up to £100 worth of Mountain Equipment kit.

At the end of the year, one overall winner will be selected to spend a day on a John Muir Trust managed mountain such as Ben Nevis or Helvellyn with a Mountain Equipment professional guiding them to a memorable experience. The overall winner will also get the opportunity to write a feature-length article for Trail magazine.

Kevin Lelland, Head of Development and Communications for the John Muir Trust said “The connection between literature and mountain landscapes stretches back centuries from Alfred Wainwright to Nan Shepherd and Duncan Ban MacIntyre.   These and contemporary writers such as Robert MacFarlane, Jim Crumley and Cameron McNeish have inspired countless thousands to take to the hills and make our upland landscapes part of their lives.

“As a charity that manages special and dramatic peaks, we’re looking forward to reading people’s accounts of the life affirming relationships they have with mountains. Perhaps we’ll find the next generation of inspirational mountain writers.” 

Find out more about ‘The Day a Mountain Changed My Life’writing competition at: www.livefortheoutdoors.com/changedmylife

 

 

Friday 26 January 2018  Issue No 2270

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HARBOUR NEWS

1st-22nd January 2018, 34 Arrivals for the Period

Whitefish totalled 5,500 boxes from four Scottish trawl landings and eight Anglo-Spanish liner/netters. The Inverness-registered Adventurer returned to work on 27 December and landed three lorryloads of monkfish, ling and haddocks for the New Year trip;   they followed this up with two further landings of quality groundfish from the Shelf Edge.   The brand new Kinlochbervie-based trawler Sparkling Star UL 290 (pictured below) landed 260 boxes of top quality goundfish from waters west of the Butt of Lewis. Built by Parkol Marine in Whitby for Durness skipper James Corbett, the 20m vessel was launched at the end of November. Congratulations and best wishes from all at the harbour to Skipper Corbett and his crew.

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Kinlochbervie fish market is undergoing a four-month long refurbishment and it is hoped that displaced fishing vessels will use Ullapool to land their catches. Finally, the Anglo-Spanish fleet has returned from fishing north with several vessels landing good shots of hake and ling in the past few weeks.

Shellfish has been quiet.  The local fleet works away as weather permits. The harbour has had three visits from Gairloch-based prawn trawlers.  The Oban-registered scallop dredgers Star of Jura and Rois Mhari both landed a few bags of clams from local waters.

Non-fishing was fairly quiet with a few Irish pelagic vessels came in for fuel, the fish farm support vessel Tie Venture day-running and the NLB support ship Pole Star in for a crew change.

Local shellfish entrepreneurs Heddle Costie and Josh Talbot took delivery of another creel fishing boat Bon Ami UL 77 which was previously based in Jersey. The new vessel arrived by lorry and was lifted in on Friday

morning in wintery conditions. Congratulations and best wishes from all at the harbour to Skippers Talbot and Costie.

Harbour projects are slowly moving in the right direction. The Changing Place accessibility toilet received a welcome boost with a successful application for 50% funding from Transport Scotland and a further contribution from Calmac Ferries Ltd. The works are currently at the planning, building warrant and tender stage with work scheduled to start in March.

The Wee Jetty rebuild awaits confirmation of a Marine Licence which should come any week now. The project has been awarded to Lochshell Engineering and work is scheduled to start in early March.

Many thanks to the sailing and skiff clubs for relocating their vessels and activities for the duration of the works.

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****EXCITING UGOR NEWS****

Great news! As you all probably know, after the recent setback of our original site, we were in talks with the High School, and now it’s been confirmed that they have given us permission to go ahead with our wonderful Ullapool Garden of Reflection plans.  Our heartfelt thanks to Ullapool High School, for the amazing support they have shown us. 

If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to pitch them to us via our Facebook page. We want your input. 

We will keep you updated on the progress, and thanks again for all of your continued support!

Reuben Mowbray

 

Friday 19 January 2018  Issue No 2269


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Bay Watch

Happy New Year from Living Seas & Congratulations Plastic Straw free Ullapool!

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Hopes to get local businesses converted to alternatives from plastic straws suddenly accelerated just before Christmas. This was a mix of wanting to get it done and realising a number of other places were looking to do the same or similar. Thanks to all the businesses that agreed to go for it. It really has caught the public eye - along with the media and politicians. Ullapool and Sunnyside Primary and the village's non plastic straw stance was featured in a number of national papers, on STV and all over social media and the internet. The kids were also mentioned in Westminster in a Motion. We have also been contacted by a number of other people, groups and communities (even overseas) who are following our lead in their areas and Kate Forbes MSP has launched a campaign calling for an outright ban on plastic straws in Scotland and the UK. Not bad work.

Out and about over the festivities, some people raised concerns at what they took to be plastic straws still in use - e.g. at The Arch. These are actually PLA - a non plastic substitute that is not only not made from oil and carbon neutral, but also biodegrades. They are not as good as paper but are better than plastic. Also some people have raised concerns about people with medical conditions who need to use straws: as stated before, we are not trying to ban straws, just look at alternatives and are happy to ensure businesses have them or point individuals to ones they might want to try themselves too as there are lots of alternatives out there: bamboo, paper, glass, metal, PLA, silicone, etc.

If all this seems a lot of nonsense for a small thing - there literally are millions of plastic straws being used (briefly) everyday then thrown away - mostly into landfill but also into the sea where it lasts for centuries. We hope the campaign has demonstrated that such items can be removed or replaced from daily use with little cost or interference. Also showed that small voices can be heard too. Hopefully a good thing too! If it's possible with one example, what about others: plastic cutlery, packaging, throw away coffee cups, water bottles? Reality is that all these things have a hugely detrimental effect of the environment, nature and wildlife - and eventually us. Not only is usage accelerating but recycling is going to become a bigger issue as China has decided to stop taking our plastics so the UK is facing a rise in domestic plastic waste. Figures vary of how much we export but 2014/15/16 it ran at about 800,000 tonnes a year (mostly to China). Our beach clean at Dun Canna was around 2 tonnes and was 300 bags of rubbish. That would mean we're exporting about 2 bags a person in the UK (these are very rough figures and our bags were more densely packed than domestic so could be a lot higher). This is going to leave the UK struggling to deal with plastic waste. Options are, stop using, reduce using, re-use, then recycle. (keep an eye out for what Craig is planning up Braes - great initiative)

So yeah, straws were a wee thing, but maybe can be the start of more. I'm pretty optimistic the kids will find other targets and hope the schools and village will support them and give it a go.

Should give credit to Tesco too - they have agreed to offer paper straws there too. They are also considering some other quite forward looking ideas too. And the kids are also in talks with the school suppliers so will hopefully be getting plastic straws removed out of their suppliers too. And if none of this moves or motivates you in anyway at all, then at least take from it that the village got some additional great publicity which combined with the creel tree, all our music and festivals, etc. so hopefully is a good thing.

Think worth mentioning, if you have seen, it is Year of Young People 2018 in Scotland #YOYP2018. Ullapool and Sunnyside are off to a flying start - who knows what they'll achieve by the end of it all! We are currently speaking with Sunnyside about plans for Ullapool kids going down to visit them, so hopefully good things ahead.   Links to articles and TV clip on our facebook page.

Cheers, Noel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,www.facebook.com/LivingSeasScotland)

 

Friday 12 January 2018  Issue No 2268

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***IMPORTANT ***

Message from the Ullapool Surgery

“As you have seen in the news there are a significant number of cases of influenza being diagnosed at present. Influenza can be a serious illness, sometimes requiring treatment in hospital  and can in rare cases be fatal.  The seasonal influenza vaccine (flu jab) is a safe and effective preventive measure. The vaccine cannot give you ‘flu, as it is not a live vaccine and side effects are rare.

Please consider having a vaccination if you are 65 years old of older, if you are pregnant or if you have a long term medical condition. Children are eligible whilst in nursery or primary school. By doing so you will protect yourself, reduce the risk of spreading influenza to other people who may be more vulnerable than you and reduce pressure on the NHS.

We have vaccine in stock and vaccination is free. 

Please ring 612015 or see https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu#prevention

 

Harbour improves accessibility

Ullapool Harbour to benefit from additional funding.

A fully accessible toilet and changing facility will be installed at Ullapool Harbour, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.The new Changing Places development is being part-funded from the 3rd round of allocations from the Ferries Accessibility Fund and will be installed following the extensive renovation of a disused building.

The award of over £43,000 is being made on a match-funding basis.  Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “We want our ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible and improving accessibility is a key area in that regard.

“This new facility at Ullapool Harbour will be a great example of what we’re trying to achieve with the Ferries Accessibility Fund.  It will provide changing, shower and toilet facilities for people with physical or mental disabilities, as well as older people.  It will be available for everyone to use so hopefully it will benefit the wider community, not just ferry passengers.”Harbour Master Kevin Peach said: “This is a fantastic Christmas present for the Ullapool community and I would like to thank the Scottish Government for their continuing support. 

This new facility will make a real difference for passengers with disabilities, as well as older travellers, and I look forward to the work getting underway.”

 

 

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